A man once found a butterfly cocoon. He watched it for days on end waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day a tiny hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle as it attempted to make its way out into this world.
The butterfly struggled for what seemed like hours but appeared to be making no progress. Concerned that the butterfly might die, the man decided to take action to help the butterfly through the hole.
He snipped the cocoon with a pair of scissors so the butterfly could easily emerge from its tiny home.
Once out, the butterfly didn’t look quite right.
It had a swollen body and small shrivelled wings.
The man watched half expecting the butterfly’s wings to grow and the butterfly to fly off. However, nothing happened.
Sadly, the butterfly spent the remainder of its short life crawling around being unable to fly or support its heavy swollen body with its shrivelled wings.
Unfortunately for the butterfly, the man by helping the butterfly to come out of the cocoon had in fact signed its death warrant.
What the man did not know was that the restricting cocoon and the effort required by the butterfly to eject from that cocoon was what was required to force fluid out of its body and into its wings to enable the butterfly to fly once it left the cocoon.
Sometimes, you may start something and find it very hard to make progress only to give up shortly after.
If everything was easy in life, how strong would we be?
We need struggles and obstacles to grow not just as people but also in our businesses.
If you see an obstacle, don’t head back or try to crawl around it. Instead, stick your chin up and smash that obstacle down.
It’s only when you overcome an obstacle that you will be able to fly.
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I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a while – I’ve been really busy with the business having just moved offices. I’ve also been busy working on a lot of new stuff – will explain all in the New Year.
Anyway, I’m writing this post because I thought you may want to have a quick laugh prior to XMAS.
A few years ago, one of my properties was trashed by some really nice tenants of mine – I call them “Tenants From Hell”. Although, I’d be the first one to admit, the property wasn’t in too bad a shape – I’ve seen much much worse – I had a video camera with me at the time and did a quick video and uploaded it to YouTube.
Last week, I was on YouTube uploading some new content and I found my old video aptly entitled “Tenants From Hell”:
If you want to have a bit of fun, why don’t you read some of the comments on this video – some of the comments certainly made me laugh.
I’d appreciate some feedback whether you’re a Landlord or Tenant – you can comment directly on YouTube.
Best of Luck for the New Year.
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Twitter is a very valuable resource especially when it comes to looking for a job, or a contract if you’re a business owner. Here, I will discuss just a few of the strategies you can use on Twitter to help you to source that ideal job or contract.
· Utilise your Twitter Bio. Here you have only 160 characters to promote yourself. If you’re looking for a job opportunity, you need to mention this here. If you’re looking for clients and contracts, you need to talk about your skills and how you can help others achieve their goals via your skills, all within 160 characters. Finally, your bio should point to a website, ideally your Online CV which will provide much more detail about you and your achievements.
· Make use of your Twitter background. There’s a lot of space here that you could utilise. As a minimum, you could add details of your websites and perhaps key skills and responsibilities, if you’re looking to attract a job or client.
· Be sure to post relevant details on Twitter. For example, if you’re an architect, you may want to talk about, buildings that inspire you. This shows your interest in architecture and would certainly gain you brownie points in the eyes of any future employer.
Head-hunters and recruiters use Twitter to hunt out suitable candidates and you need to ensure that the information you post is relevant to any job or contract that you may be attracted to.
If you don’t yet have a website to include in your bio, you need to get this as a matter of urgency. The best website for job seekers, to have in their bio and to tweet about, is an Online CV.
Today, it’s possible to get yourself an Online CV for less than your weekly food shop. You need to do this today, otherwise you may find your job, contract or client going to somebody else.
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With almost a Billion users, Facebook is huge and its power and reach can no longer be underestimated. It’s important to understand that Facebook is not just a utility for social interaction. You can also use it to find a job or to gain clients for your business.
Before I talk about the various strategies you can use, I think it might be worthwhile for you to firstly review your privacy settings to ensure that any private information that you post remains private and cannot be seen by current or potential employers.
To be searchable to the outside world, you may want to allow ‘everyone’ to search for you and view your education and work history. This is the kind of information that future employers would be searching for. You will also want to add your website to your profile and make it viewable to everyone. This is where your Online CV can ‘sell’ your experience in much more detail than facebook. Having an additional website to a basic Facebook profile shows your professionalism and creativity and that you are able to harness the latest technology in a fast changing world.
In your settings, you can also ‘privatise’ your wall posts and photos if these are of a sensitive nature.
Through strategic status updates, you can indicate your availability for work and contracts if you are a business owner.
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Your Online CV is your personal website and is exactly what employers are looking for today.